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The most exquisite and perfectly formed of films, sheer poetry in motion.
Orpheus is an imaginative modern retelling of the Greek tale. My favorite sequence was in the final act where Orpheus is unable to look at his wife without dooming her. Cocteau shows this with equal parts tension and humor.
Jean Cocteau's 1949 film "Orpheus" is the second in "The Orphic Trilogy" and stars the director's muse Jean Marais. A modern adaptation of the Greek strory of Orpheus and Eurydice that is full of trick photography. Orpheus is played by Jean Marais, a man so infatuated with his own poetry and success he never notices his wife is pregnant. He falls in love with a Princess who turns out to be death who takes his wife Eurydice to the underworld. Orpheus follows her and recovers her but can no longer look at her. Great film, even if the last twenty minutes are a little slow.
Cocteau's films exist in their own cinematic universe. His adaptation of the Orpheus myth, like his adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast", is full of some of the simplest, but amazing special effects. Unlike the fairy tale imagery of "Beauty and the Beast", "Orpheus" is full of dark, fetishistic imagery. It's a beautiful film that resembles no one else's work.
Finally got to see this French Surrealist masterpiece from Jean Cocteau after having wanted to watch it for over a decade. It's a beautiful film with great practical effects and gorgeous cinematography. It stars Jean Marais who was also in Cocteau's version of "Beauty and the Beast". this is a MUST for all cinema lovers!
It's a rather interesting take on Orpheus. It was not at all what I expected, but gave some real heart and a poetic dream-like feel in a modern retelling of a very old story.
If you have to chose between Orpheus or The Blood of a Poet then you should choose Orpheus. The two are very similar in story about Orpheus has more of a standard narrative tone and was produced twenty years later after Cocteau has more experience in the craft. Functionally they are similar, but structurally you know more of what to expect.
Seeing "Orpheus" today is like glimpsing a cinematic realm that has passed completely from the scene. - Ebert
Pure cinematic magic. A must see
Very good in that arty French way.